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by Derek Kessler Fri, 02 Mar 2012 8:22 pm EST

The webOS Wish List: Stacked wave launcher

There are a lot of cool ideas in webOS, and there are plenty of cool ideas that we're sure they've come up with in Sunnyvale over the past four years they just didn't have the time, money, and personnel to put together. Some they even patented, like the slick multi-layer wave launcher we picked out of Palm's patent portfolio a few months ago. The ideas was to allow you to pause on a wave launcher icon to open additional options, such as displaying favorites under Contacts or bookmarks from Web or direct-launching into different parts of Carbon.

The multi-layer wave launcher would allow for all manner of even faster webOS actions, be it firing off a tweet or calling the spouse. Just Type and Quick Actions are great for some things, but let's be honest - should you really have to bust out the keyboard to call the office and let them know you're running late? No, you really shouldn't have to do that. The office is already one of your favorites, but the only place you see those favorites is in the Phone app or when searching. Why not swipe > pause > pick > release?

Unlike some other Wish List items, the multi-layer wave launcher isn't borrowing from other platforms or even standard computing expectations or picking up where Palm OS left off. This is taking after an idea that Palm already has, an idea that they own. And what good is an idea like this if you don't act on it?

Have your own thoughts on this webOS Wish List entry? Of course you do - the comments are below. Surely you have your own ideas as to what ought be on the webOS wish list, and so we've created a forum thread just for what has proven to be an awesome discussion.


This needs to happen!!!

yes it does....such fantastic possibilities!


Sounds interesting. But, right now, I'd settle for the wave launcher working on my Pre 3 when the App Launcher is open.

Maybe this will be in Open webOS 1, since Palm has a patent for it. I'm just speculating here. :)

Getting kinda ghostly here anymore. I just check to see if there is any news for the Touchpad.,..Then its off to Android central.

I will conjure news from the ether just for you.

Hermoine is that you?

Make this happen today.

I thought the wave launcher was just a visual gimmick that looks good on ads but nobody ever uses. Does it really need to be expanded?

Perhaps for you, but I use it many times a day. This extra layer would be completely awesome!

You should get in the habit of using it. It's a wonderful feature and time saver, but to each his/her own. I even hide the launcher and just bring it up with a swipe. Thing of beauty!!

The current wave is pretty useless, because you can swipe up and tap the icon on the quick launch bar in less time than it would take for the wave to appear.

However, the multi-level launcher has the potential to save you a lot of time.

this is needed for the Pre3 but haven't they given up on the phone? Will the phone get the Open webOS update?

This is an original feature that Palm/HP should definitely have explored. The multitasking capabilities would have been a big leap to differentiating WebOS farther from other OS's who have borrowed from everything else that WebOS has made standard like cards.

On another note, if I had one thing that I would want on my wishlist would be voice options like talk to text . . This is a sorely needed option for WebOS as it seems to be becoming a standard for most smartphones nowadays.

Good luck with that. Apple bought a voice recognition company and built a billion dollar data center to support it. HP just fired half of the webOS staff.

I know ( sigh ) . . That's why its called a wishlist

I am wondering.. Is there anyone to implement this Wish List or is it just gonna be a Dream List.

It's just make-believe at the moment - surely the biggest item on this wishlist should be... someone actually making hardware?

+1 for this

I am just not excited about this.

would this be possible when webOS is finally fully open sourced as a preware package? This would be great on my pre 3.

This would make the wave actually useful.

Yeah...Wave Launcher for Android pretty much already has everything you want.

yes, why not? That's awsome